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915227 No. 915227 ID: 70be57

It is a 4-way chess game which will decide who gets what power after the game is over. You will lead your protagonist against other three players
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No. 915998 ID: 3583d1

Take the one on the right
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No. 916033 ID: d47801

Eh just keep it simple like “good luck everyone.” Or something. I’m assuming we do not go first
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No. 916151 ID: c0641d

"That looks like J-3, but who am I to tell you how to play? Pawn to K4." If he takes the bait, we trade pawns with him and get our rook out early. Now that our physical move is made...
"And so our game begins with pawns. Although... Nah. I'm fairly confident no one would be so daring as to open with a knight." Give Watakushi a knowing, but disinterested glance as you say those italicized words. If she opens with a knight just to spite us, then we know she'll be easy to jerk around unless she gets her character development on. Line Reaver's reaction shouldn't be trusted, as he could very well catch on to what we're doing and try to trick us.
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No. 916472 ID: e51896

m6 to k6
No. 916476 ID: c0641d

I would say m8 to l8 seems like a better setup move (freeing paths for both our Queen and Black-Tile Bishop), offensively, but yeah, m6 to k6 is safer since my suggestion could open up an opportunity for Salvior and Line Reaver to team up, force trades, and put us on the defensive. Go with the m6 to k6 move so that our Queen has an alternative to trading in the scenario I described.

On the grand strategy side of things... Honestly, as annoying as Watakushi is, at least she’s honest, and she represents the cause we probably support the most out of the three that aren’t us (plus she just confirmed that she does have a decent head on her shoulders behind all that bluster). I get the impression that the Gnomes don’t actually have much stake in this if they’re just hidden from the world either way. Even if I’m wrong, I still want to just focus on having the other two be the ones that are Defeated, leaving us and the living doll standing at game’s end. Don’t state this aloud; the others could take advantage of such a proclamation by taking opportunities to sow doubt, and passing by chances to hurt Watakushi will allow our actions to speak louder than words.
No. 916477 ID: d711e9

Agreed. Do that.
No. 916483 ID: 70be57
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No. 916487 ID: 4631a1

Okay, I explicitely said to hold off on that move until at least after m6 to k6, but I realize Salvior can’t actually threaten our queen with the pawn in the way, and fortunately, Line Reaver didn’t take advantage on his end.

“Merely building a foundation after my initial reaction to your opening, though if you want a truce, I don’t have any objections. However, I’m sorry to say it won’t be the daughter of the sun I’ll be going after in that event.”
No. 916490 ID: 4631a1

*Whoop, misread the board somehow, but my points still stand.
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No. 916658 ID: c0641d

"kN10 to L11. By the way, something wasn't worded very clearly, I think; is this 'winner takes all,' or will we be ranked in order? I'd think the latter, but I want to be sure."

(Also, what is your faction's stance on how vital this game is? Are they content to stay hidden regardless of the outcome, or have they made themselves hidden because they're currently on the bottom, and would like to change that? The answers to both this and the question we're stating aloud above are vital for determining what our strategic priorities are.)
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No. 916845 ID: 41dfb3

M10 to K10

And just what is that proposal. From what I’ve seen most of us are just in a simple positioning phase and neither of us are trying to riot the others. If you’re already proposing an alliance against the others then they will turn on me next.
No. 916865 ID: c0641d

> Sees Line Reaver’s move.

Ladies and gentlemen... we got ‘em. Looks like he made the bigger immediate blunder of his possible responses.

“kL11 to J12.” Don’t act concerned about that Yellow knight; Salvior would have to be a dumbass to deftly postpone our early rook-freeing trap only to walk right back into it with a juicier piece.
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No. 916904 ID: c0641d

"Nah, I'm done. I can settle for locking down your right side. bN9 to K6."
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No. 916944 ID: 5caa1d

Well this is annoying. You can trade your knight for his bishop, which is in your favour, but then youll lose your own bishop. If you protect your bishop, youll lose your knight. Theres no way to protect them both i can see.
Either way, you effectively 'lose' 3 points worth. I think saving the bishop would be the better option though. It should descalate the situation with Line Reaver while also making him bring out his king, which the other players might want to take advantage of.
K6 to J7. That cuts off several of his knight's moves.
No. 916949 ID: c0641d

Oh... OH! "Strange move... Ah..." I THINK I KNOW WHAT WATAKUSHI IS GOING FOR HERE! Let's see how Salvior likes being forced to make tough calls. (Seriously, I can't think of another reason for her to make that move.)

"Whatever gave you that idea, Salvior? As far as I can tell, I've only been setting up plays against Line Reaver, never minding the others. kK12 to I10."
No. 916950 ID: c0641d

*"kJ12 to I10."
No. 916951 ID: 5caa1d

What tough call are you talking about? We're just going to lose the bishop if we move our knight to I10, with no way to take back.
No. 916953 ID: c0641d

Watakushi is about to threaten Salvior's rook with her bishop (in a way that doesn't even risk her bishop, mind you). Why else would she move that pawn out of position? (If I'm right; "And frankly, it's kinda funny that you're the one that feels the need to tell me this.")
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No. 917120 ID: c0641d

I'm sure Salvior can accept trading his knight (3pts) with our bishop (5pts), so asking Watakushi to move her Queen is pointless, even if she agrees. By her previous move, we can already tell she's set herself up to move her bishop to B10 and threaten Salvior's rook (5pts), so he'd have to sacrifice that if he wants to spend his turn taking our bishop, which is a mite bit harder for him to swallow, I think. I vote to save our knight (moving it to I10) and trust that Watakushi knew what she was doing when she moved that pawn.
No. 917123 ID: da32de

Yeah i agree with that i guess. Try to give an innocuous-yet-meaningful look to Watakushi at the same time.
No. 917299 ID: c0641d

“Wait... Did the Dimensional’s turn get skipped?” If someone confirms: “Why didn’t you say anything? Thought we wouldn’t notice you letting your turn pass over, did you?!” (Aiming the blame on him would be the most ideal. It may have been Watakushi that jumped the gun, but whether Line Reaver letting it go through was an opportunity to ignore the rules or an act of gross incompetency at least on par with Watakushi’s (if not moreso), it’s clear that he should receive the brunt of the reprimand, and this is what we should argue if push comes to shove.)
No. 917341 ID: 70be57

Shit, my bad
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I have erased the previous update. This is the correct version of the game. Honestly, if you were quite I wouldn't even notice this and your protagonist wouldn't be in this predicament again
No. 921186 ID: a927a9

Knight to J8 seems like the only worthwhile move to make.
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No. 922384 ID: 6efaad

Well, hopefully Watakashi takes that knight, it isnt protected by anything else but our own knight. That means we should move our knight though, since she probably won't put her queen in attack range in the hope we don't attack it.
Knight to K10 seems good, it threatens Line Reaver's bishop.
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No. 922544 ID: b6c077

Well, theres no immediate danger, so it would be best to develop a bit more. M6 to L6.

As for what you would do if you won, well, the gnomes were a hidden faction. They aren't very interested in actually directly controlling the planet, they just want to be left alone to do their own thing. Thats not to say they wouldnt change some things, but they didnt tell you everything about their plans.
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No. 922663 ID: b94610

Ok i wish someone else was suggesting here because im not that great at chess.

Lets try K10 to I11. Everyone else has a way of attacking that square, which means none of them will actually attack it, right??
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No. 922867 ID: e51896

I don't think Line Reaver (red) would want to take our knight if it means Salvior (yellow) will take his bishop and get even more points, especially if he is his main opponent, not us.

Also, the way I see it, I think if we are getting overwhelmed, we might have to consider forming an alliance. I think we should try to team up with Line Reaver. Earlier, Salvior made it seem like we would team up after we decided not to take down one of his pieces only to have him take our piece instead, so he can't be trusted. Watakashi (green) did not take our plan as we thought, and with her moving that queen there, I fear she might be up to something sinister, so she might not be trusted either. That said, I think our best bet is to try to negotiate with Line reaver. He did seem interested in gnomes and is willing to cooperate with gnomes if he wins, plus he seems pretty chill.

so yeah, plan is part 1, we negotiate with Line Reaver. Maybe tell him "I'm glad you have interest in helping the gnomes coexist with the rest of the world. even if I don't win, It would be a fine consolation if you win in my place if I lose. That said, how about we form an alliance and take down Salvior? He did take down my Bishop after all" this should ensure he won't touch our knight, and help give us an advantage, even if temporary.

next, we perhaps move our rook from N 11 to N 10. This should not only protect our pawn from green, but perhaps manipulate green into ensuring her target is away from us, hopefully changing her target to Salvior and put pressure on his knight.

third part, if line reaver agrees to an alliance we probably suggest to Line Reaver to move his bishop from F 8 to H 10 below yellow's knight. This should probably push Salvior's knight into more danger with the less amount of free safe spaces to either bottom corners. Plus it will make sure green does not put her queen to targeting the bishop, and instead target the knight, assuming she'll do that.
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No. 923954 ID: 592fd2

N7 to L5 seems like a good move, keeps up the offense against Salvior, and in fact we could threaten their king next turn (although sacrificing our queen for 1 strike is a bit of a hard sell. I feel like attacking kings is quite disincentivised in this game, which means they could be used for more offensive purposes.)
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No. 926241 ID: 9eb27b

Um, you had Salvior say their move was H9 to I10, but they moved their rook instead. Also that wouldnt even have been a legal move? A knight can't move 1 square diagonally.
Ill assume the board state is correct.
L5 to H9, take the knight.
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